Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala

Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala

If you're looking for a delicious and hearty vegetarian recipe, look no further than this Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala. Packed with flavor and spices, this dish is perfect for a cozy dinner or for entertaining vegetarian guests. Let's get started!

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 mins 40 mins 55 mins 4 servings


  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tikka masala paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Cooked basmati rice, for serving
  • Naan bread, for serving

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large skillet or pot, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the skillet and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the tikka masala paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Cook for another minute to allow the spices to bloom.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then add the cauliflower florets and chickpeas. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cover the skillet and let the cauliflower and chickpeas simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in the plain yogurt, making sure it is well incorporated into the sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  9. Serve the Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala over cooked basmati rice, garnished with fresh cilantro. Don't forget to serve it with warm naan bread on the side for dipping and scooping up all that delicious sauce!

Serving Suggestions

Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala is perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner or for entertaining vegetarian guests. It pairs well with fluffy basmati rice and warm naan bread. You can also serve it alongside a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad for a complete meal. Enjoy this flavorful vegetarian dish any time you're in the mood for something delicious and satisfying!

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